‘When I Get Filled . . . I Will Begin To Speak’

As a young Baptist preacher, I associated with Full Gospel people around divine healing. We both believed in that, and hearing them talk about divine healing made my faith grow stronger. I also knew I needed the infilling of the Holy Spirit that they talked about, because I sensed a lack of power in my own life. But after meditating on and thinking about the scriptures concerning the Holy Spirit, I became convinced that speaking with other tongues wasn’t necessary.

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Breaking Up: When They Can Just Walk Away.

When someone walks out of your life you trusted would be there forever, the pain can be so excruciating, you feel as if your heart will rip right out of your chest, and you may even feel like you can’t go on one more day. If the relationship was a bit turbulent, you may even feel a bit of relief at first….and then the reality sets in with each day you don’t hear from them, that it’s over, and they may not be coming back this time. The tears are…

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Godliness Makes a Difference

Godliness will make a difference in your life and also enable you to make a difference in the lives of those around you. The Bible says godliness is profitable in all things. This is talking about prosperity for the whole man—spirit, soul, and body. In addition, the Bible says that the profit godliness brings is for this life and the life to come. And the profit that godliness brings in this life includes more than just finances and material profit.First Timothy 4:7–8,15 says, “But refuse profane and old wives’ fables,…

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Are Christians Freed From the Old Covenant?

Many professing Christians are confused about what Christ’s sacrifice actually did away with, and what God requires of His people today. Many view the Old Covenant this way: If priestly duties, such as ceremonial washings, animal sacrifices, etc., are done away, then so is everything that God commanded under the Old Covenant. The following letter excerpts show the need to properly understand this subject:“You probably will notice the emphasis of the book [of Leviticus] is on the ceremonies and rituals that God commanded of the Israelites. The book…seems to be…

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How Jesus Died on Both a Tree and a Stake

How Attempted and Diverted:The subject of the earthly death of The Nazarene-Son of man has had volumes of comments, but, unfortunately as with most ‘Christian’ writings, they are conditioned by the traditions of the past which started hundreds of years after his physical death.This information will of course strike one as off the course of ‘traditions’ as such, since The Bible evidences some other aspects, noted by a ‘ little flock’ of Bible students, as not comporting with the generally understood ideas regarding the attempt, mode and result of The…

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Marriage God’s Way

“… present yourselves to God …” (Romans 6:13).Sometimes it seems as though a long-lasting marriage is determined by chance or circumstances or just plain old luck. However, there are some steps that will enable you to establish your marriage on a solid foundation that will help you stay in it for the long haul. Taking this series of steps will bring your life into continuous subjection to the will of God. If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Savior, consider seeking someone out today who can show you…

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The Spirit of Thankfulness

One of the things you do when you are full of the Holy Spirit is spill over with gratitude to God for everything (Ephesians 5:20). May I spill a little bit of my happiness here for you to share?I am thankful for the Word of God that feeds my heart day and night. I would shrivel up and die without the protein of God’s gracious promises (like Matthew 6:33).I am thankful for Glenn Ogren. What a great spirit he has. We have great times in prayer together (I hope you…

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Spirit: How to Be Filled With The Spirit

Spirit: I promised on Sunday that I would write this STAR article on how to be filled with the Spirit. Ephesians 5:18 says, “Do not be drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but be filled with the Spirit*.” I argued Sunday morning that verses 19-21 describe the effects of being filled with the Spirit. The effect in verse 19 is very musical. Clearly joy in Christ is the mark of being filled with the Spirit. But not only joy. Also gratitude in verse 20—perpetual gratitude, gratitude for everything. (Which…

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The Word, The Spirit, and the Substance

I have been emphasizing the gospel of progressive revelation! I have been emphasizing the glorious truth that no Christian should confine himself to a spiritual life within the boundaries of the walls of traditional beliefs and standardized theologies. It is one of the most dangerous things which can happen to a man or a woman who is following Jesus. For, thereby, we limit the operation of the Spirit. Christians are admonished to grow in grace and in knowledge. They are to partake of the meat of the Word. They are…

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God’s Will for the Christian

God desires the Christian to be holy and live a life in obedient to him. The question that must be asked is, To what is the Christian obedient? How does he know what God wants him to do?First and foremost the answer is found in the reply Jesus gave to a lawyer, who asked,Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the…

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The Bible ALONE?

Many lay Catholics are getting interested in studying their faith. And for a large percentage of these folks this means increased Bible study, which the Church heartily commends. However, when we try to put that into action, we can often run into a problem: the Invisible Contact Lens Syndrome. Most people don’t realize it, but the air is actually filled with millions of invisible contact lenses. These contact lenses–with names like “skepticism,” “New Ageism,” “materialism,” “conservatism,” “liberalism,” and countless other “isms” are especially concentrated in schools, near TV sets, around…

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THE SACRAMENT OF THE LORD’S SUPPER

1. The Sacrament.—In the course of our study of the principles and ordinances of the Gospel, as specified in the fourth of the Articles of Faith, the subject of the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper[510] very properly claims attention, the observance of this ordinance being required of all who have become members of the Church of Christ through compliance with the requirements of faith, repentance, and baptism by water and by the Holy Ghost.

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The Hunger of the Spirit And the Ties that Bind

Why do people turn to God? Is it because of pain? Is it from being weary of pleasure? The reality is that both leave haunting questions. As Ravi Zacharias observes, the struggle between pain and pleasure gives spirituality a more defined goal, and only God alone knows how we will respond.I have pondered long and hard the question of why people turn to God. I remember a woman from Romania telling me that she was raised in a staunchly atheistic environment. They were not allowed to even mention the name…

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The Fruits of the Spirit

Paul’s fruit of the Spirit is precisely the sheep’s clothing Jesus warned us wolves would wear.:Ask Joe Christian for the fruits of the Spirit, and he will answer you with Paul’s “voice of a stranger.” (John 10:5).  Paul says: “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.” (Galatians 5:22-23).  However, Jesus warns believers: “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.  You will know them by their fruits.” (Matthew 7:15-16).  Paul’s fruit of the…

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Sent in the Spirit

In a few moments, we will lay hands on you to mark you as a minister of the Church of Jesus Christ. This is an effective ritual that achieves what it portrays and proclaims. Right now, you don’t hold pastoral office in the Church. By the end of the afternoon, you will. Our hands won’t declare that you already are a minister. They will make you one. You will be irreversibly changed.

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How to Listen to a Sermon

Shortly before college I read Mortimer Adler’s little classic How to Read a Book.  That may sound like an odd title.  After all, how could somebody read the book unless they already knew how to read?  And if they did know how to read, then why would they need to read it at all?  How to Read a Book turned out to be one of the most important books I have ever read.  Adler quickly convinced me that I didn’t know how to read a book after all–not really.  I…

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Spirit and Truth, Right Brain and Left Brain

Spirit and Truth: The more I interact with my cessationist brothers and sisters, the more I see that in many ways, we are passing each other like ships in the night, and it has nothing to do with one side being committed to the Lord and the other not. Instead, it seems as if we sometimes have fundamentally different ways of looking at the same things—fundamentally different perspectives and, in a sense, fundamentally different “spiritual personalities.”

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